Where has the time gone? Here I am writing my 9-12 month old feeding schedule. When I was ready for them to reach milestones time passed by dreadfully slow.
Now that they are starting to stand on their own, eat solids, and can crawl, time went by in the blink of an eye.
My twinkies are busier than ever, getting their hands on any and everything in their paths.
At 11 months, I am starting to transition them over to finger foods and sippy cups. I give them their bottles only first thing in the morning, before naps, and before bed.
I have noticed they barely touch their milk when it’s in a sippy cup. Weaning them off of bottles is going to be quite the challenge.
My son also sometimes prefer a bottle over food, another problem I’m going to have to tackle.
At this point I want to introduce whole milk in increments and ditch the bottle all together. I will still give them their formula, 22-28 oz. Per day.
9-12 months is grouped together, but each month is different. Included is not only what I’ve done, but also what I should have done.
If you’re moving your littles to solids, be sure to check out my baby meal prep plan that saves me time while feeding my twins and my blw (baby led weaning) hacks.
Feeding schedule for 9 months
6 AM: wake 6 oz bottle
8 AM: breakfast baby cereal
8:45AM: before nap 5 oz. bottle
11:30 AM:wake 5 oz bottle
12:30 PM: lunch vegetable puree
1:30 PM: before nap 5 oz. Bottle
3 PM: after nap 6 oz. Bottle
4:30 PM: snack puffs
5:30 PM: dinner puree
6:30-7 PM: bed 6 oz. Bottle
This was a typical feeding schedule at 9 months for me. I was giving them a bottle before and after a nap, which explains my son’s reluctance to let them go.
But with my hard nappers, it was definitely worth the help.
Try to offer a bottle before or after a nap when creating your 9-12 month old feeding schedule.
Feeding schedule for 10 months
6 AM: wake 6 oz. Bottle
8 AM: breakfast pancakes or cereal with fruit
11 AM: wake 5 oz. Sippy cup
12 PM: lunch veggies and fruit
1 PM: before nap 5 oz. bottle
3:30 PM: after nap 5 oz. Sippy cup
5:30 PM: dinner chicken and veggies
6:30 PM: bed 6 oz bottle
I feed them every hour between 11 and 1 because they will not drink much out of their sippy cups.
Also, I give them a bottle after lunch to make sure they are full and have their nutrients. However, I took away the bottle before their morning nap to start transitioning.
If you are also having a hard time getting your little one to take solids, ask your pediatrician if it ok to add Pedialyte to your feeding schedule.
Feeding schedule for 11 months
7 AM: wake 8 oz bottle
8:30 AM: breakfast pancakes and fruit
11 AM: wake 5 oz. Sippy cup
12 PM: lunch veggies, beans, and fruit
1:30 PM 6 oz. Sippy cup
3 PM: wake 5 oz. Sippy cup
4:30 PM: snack puffs
5:30 PM: dinner chicken, beans and veggies
6:45 PM: bed 8 oz. Bottle
They are completely finishing their 6 oz. Bottles so I am experimenting to see if they are ready for more.
I’ve completely removed bottles except for their morning and night bottles and offering a sippy cup for their second nap only instead of for both naps.
They also eat a lot more now, so I’ve added beans to their lunch and dinner. Black eye peas, northern beans, lima beans, etc.
I am also about to start adding whole milk to their formula, 1/4 one week, 1/2 the next week and 3/4 the week after.
My goal is to have them ready to ditch bottles, drinking regular milk and 16 oz. Of formula by one years old.
My pediatrician has warned me although it would be great to have them where they need to be at 1 years old, a lot of children struggle with the change.
Here is the schedule I will use when they are 12 months old.
Feeding schedule for 12 months old
7 AM: wake 8 oz. Sippy cup formula
8:30 AM: breakfast pancakes, eggs, fruit
11 AM: wake 5 oz. Milk
12 PM: lunch sandwich, veggies, fruit, beans
2 PM: 5 oz. Milk
5:30 PM: dinner whatever we are having or a meat and veggie
6:45 PM: bed 8 oz. Bottle/sippy
It’s going to be really hard to break the bottle before bed routine, to make sure my littles get their 16 oz. I will offer a bottle if they do not take the sippy cups.
Afte a few weeks if theu are still refusing a sippy cup I will try this hack:
Fill a bottle with water instead of milk. Your new toddler will be put off by the water and associate it with bottles.
What works for me might not work for you. It all depends on your twins schedule and eating habits. When in doubt use these rules;
For every meal, a bottle should come before or after.
After 12 months, bottles should be replaced by sippy cups.
I prep my twins food for every 3 days to save me time each day and to keep their food fresh. Interested in what finger foods I give my twins or how I prep my finger foods? Sign up for my 9-12 months finger food meal prep guide.
For recipes for your baby check out 50 recipe BLW cookbook. It includes 14 lunch, breakfast, and dinner recipes each and 8 recipes for your baby’s sweet tooth without the sugar!
It’s your turn mama’s,
How is your schedule different for your littles? What did you find to be the hardest part of transitioning to solids and sippy cups only? What would you do differently?